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Audi electric SUV concept quick off the mark, over 300 mile range

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Audi's e-tron quattro packs three electric motors into that shapely body
Audi's e-tron quattro packs three electric motors into that shapely body
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The e-tron quattro's cuts through the air with an un-SUV-like 0.25 Cd
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The e-tron quattro's cuts through the air with an un-SUV-like 0.25 Cd
At high speeds, the car's air suspension automatically lowers the ride height for better aerodynamics
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At high speeds, the car's air suspension automatically lowers the ride height for better aerodynamics
There's only seating for four, but the e-tron quattro offers plenty of luggage space
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There's only seating for four, but the e-tron quattro offers plenty of luggage space
That sloping roofline looks good and has been made fashionable by the BMW X6
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That sloping roofline looks good and has been made fashionable by the BMW X6
The focus has been on providing plenty of information for owners through OLED screens
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The focus has been on providing plenty of information for owners through OLED screens
On big wheels, the e-tron almost looks like a big hatchback
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On big wheels, the e-tron almost looks like a big hatchback
Interior design has been an Audi strong point for a long time, and the e-tron is no different
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Interior design has been an Audi strong point for a long time, and the e-tron is no different
Down back, broad lights and horizontal shapes make the car look low and wide
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Down back, broad lights and horizontal shapes make the car look low and wide
Audi's e-tron quattro packs three electric motors into that shapely body
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Audi's e-tron quattro packs three electric motors into that shapely body
Audi's e-tron quattro at the Frankfurt Motor Show
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Audi's e-tron quattro at the Frankfurt Motor Show
There's only seating for four, but the e-tron quattro offers plenty of luggage space
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There's only seating for four, but the e-tron quattro offers plenty of luggage space
Rear detailing of the e-tron quattro
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Rear detailing of the e-tron quattro
There's only seating for four, but the e-tron quattro offers plenty of luggage space
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There's only seating for four, but the e-tron quattro offers plenty of luggage space
Audi's e-tron quattro at the Frankfurt Motor Show
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Audi's e-tron quattro at the Frankfurt Motor Show
Audi's e-tron quattro at the Frankfurt Motor Show
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Audi's e-tron quattro at the Frankfurt Motor Show
Audi's e-tron quattro packs three electric motors into that shapely body
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Audi's e-tron quattro packs three electric motors into that shapely body
Interior design has been an Audi strong point for a long time, and the e-tron is no different
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Interior design has been an Audi strong point for a long time, and the e-tron is no different
The focus has been on providing plenty of information for owners through OLED screens
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The focus has been on providing plenty of information for owners through OLED screens
The focus has been on providing plenty of information for owners through OLED screens
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The focus has been on providing plenty of information for owners through OLED screens
Interior design has been an Audi strong point for a long time, and the e-tron is no different
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Interior design has been an Audi strong point for a long time, and the e-tron is no different
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The Frankfurt Motor Show is to be the setting for a preview of an all-electric SUV that Audi is preparing for 2018. The e-tron quattro concept offers up a range of over 500 km (311 miles) from its 370 kW (496 hp) electric powertrain and wraps it all up in a sharply-styled suit that puts the new Q7 to shame.

Hiding underneath the concept's edgy exterior are three electric motors, one on the front axle and two on the rear, for a total output of 320 kW (429 hp) in normal driving. The system can also briefly boost to 370 kW (496 hp) and a massive 800 Nm of torque, enough to shoot it 100 km/h (62 mph) from standstill in just 4.6 seconds: almost as quick as Audi's own RS3.

On big wheels, the e-tron almost looks like a big hatchback
On big wheels, the e-tron almost looks like a big hatchback

Just like Tesla, Audi has mounted the e-tron's batteries in the floor for a low center of gravity and equal weight distribution across both axles, which should give it some talent when it comes time to show it a set of corners, something that Audi is hoping will be a strong point for its torque vectoring-enabled electric SUV. Also helping keep the e-tron quattro balanced in the bends is adaptive air suspension that automatically lowers the car at high speeds to improve aerodynamics and reduce battery consumption.

In an attempt to improve maneuverability, the e-tron quattro is fitted with all-wheel steering similar to the system offered on Porsche's 911 GT3 RS, the rear wheels turning in the opposite direction to the front wheels at low speeds for a smaller turning circle and working in the same direction as the fronts at high speed for a sense of stability.

Audi has given its latest SUV concept a sleek and coupe-like sloping roofline and tapered glasshouse. At 4.88 m (16 ft) long and 1.93 m (6.3 ft) wide, the e-tron isn't a small car, but it looks far sharper than the bigger, more traditional Q7. With a drag coefficient of 0.25, it's also very aerodynamic for an SUV.

This is partially thanks to the sleek shape of the body and partly thanks to electronically-actuated aerodynamic elements in the bonnet, the side of the car and at the rear that activate at 80 km/h (50 mph). Just as it has done with the new A4, Audi has also worked hard on the underbody to cut down on drag. The e-tron has a fully enclosed floorpan.

The focus has been on providing plenty of information for owners through OLED screens
The focus has been on providing plenty of information for owners through OLED screens

Inside, the e-tron has been designed to provide plenty of space for four people and all their luggage. If the production car can match the concept's 615 liters (21.7 cu.ft) of luggage space, owners certainly aren't going to struggle fitting all their junk into the back on a weekend away.

The driver is treated to a more advanced version of the virtual cockpit that debuted in the TT last year. Sitting to the left and right of the virtual cockpit are two touchscreen displays, one of which controls the lights and semi-autonomous functions on the car. The other screen takes care of media and navigation functions, while drivers are also able to control proceedings from the steering wheel.

In the center console there are more OLED screens to give drivers information about the status of where power is being sent at different points.

The e-tron quattro will be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show, where Gizmag will be on the ground covering all the action.

Source: Audi

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7 comments
SJC
I can't find anything on the charge technology they plan on using. Also wonder when they will release details on a charge network...
Τριαντάφυλλος Καραγιάννης
It will be much more interesting if Audi does this for the Q3 and aims for around 200 bhp and over 600km range. A lot more people would be visiting their dealerships for this, rather than the oh-so-glamorous-and-expensive Q7.
zevulon
more unmarketeable massive electric battery banks on wheels.
Mike Nicewarner
So, Audi is touting their concept all electric SUV, due to hit the road sometime in 2018, while Tesla is already hitting production with their Model X. It looks like there will be 2 years of catching up for Audi. Oh, and the Model X borrows the Ludicrous mode option from the Model S, so it can go zero-to-60 in about 3 seconds. Don't wait for Audi. Test drive a Tesla today.
Mindbreaker
Trying too hard to copy Tesla. They should instead make the interior more traditional with buttons and such. There are a lot of drivers who prefer actual buttons, and that is a great opportunity to scoop up those consumers.
Nicolas Zart
I agree with some of the comments. Audi needs to do more than talk about its projects. It's a great company, but many of us remember the back and forth that lasted 4 years with the on and off introduction of the original e-tron in 2009.

Audi, take a cue from Nike, Just do it!
aLikelyStory
Tesla must be panic-stricken with the virtual certainty of the German's mfg EVs. If Tesla actually manufactures any X's (and several hundred doesn't count as mfg), this Audi will crush it. And if VW negotiates its way out of the DoJ diesel bind by offering to convert to electric, with MB joining, it's game over.
Shorting TSLA stock has been, and will continue to be, one of the most profitable trades we've ever made. Their stock will be at $100 by the time Audi starts delivering their electric SUV. Love the S. Smart management I'm sure, but they're out of their depth in the car business. Speaking of which:
How many people can name their NAISC or SIC?